Galaxy National Book Awards 2011: Shortlists Announced

Carol Ann Duffy, Julian Barnes, Andrea Levy, Alan Hollinghurst, Anthony Horowitz, Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope, and Claire Tomalin are just some of the shortlisted authors for this year’s ‘Oscars of the publishing industry’, the Galaxy National Book Awards 2011, hosted by Dara O Briain.

Featuring a mix of literary stalwarts and rising stars across eleven categories, the shortlists represent the best of British writing and publishing, and celebrate books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim, and commercial success. Debut and International authors are not forgotten with two special awards dedicated to these categories.

Produced by Cactus TV and recorded for broadcast transmission over six weeks of National TV programming, BOOKED – Winners of the Galaxy National Book Awards will air on 13th November and run until 17th December on More4. Each show will also feature an in-depth interview with one of this season’s biggest celebrity authors, including Katie Price and Rob Brydon. The programmes and associated promotion will provide a crucial platform for books to drive sales over the key gift-buying period.

Amanda Ross, Cactus TV, who is staging the event and is the Executive Producer of the Series said:

“I am delighted to be able to announce that Dara O Briain is hosting the awards this year, so they should be more entertaining than ever before. It will be far more interesting for the viewers to experience the event in bite size chunks spread across 6 shows, as we will be able to properly focus on the category winners.”

The full shortlists for the Galaxy National Book Awards are as follow:

Waterstone’s UK Author of the Year 
A Sense Of An Ending Julian Barnes (Jonathan Cape)
Jamrach’s Menagerie Carol Birch (Canongate Books)
The Bees Carol Ann Duffy (Picador)
The House of Silk Anthony Horowitz (Orion)
The Long Song Andrea Levy (Headline Review)
The Stranger’s Child Alan Hollinghurst (Picador)

Popular Fiction Book of the Year  
A Tiny Bit Marvellous Dawn French (Michael Joseph)
Daughters-in-Law Joanna Trollope (Doubleday)
Gillespie and I Jane Harris (Faber and Faber)
My Last Duchess Daisy Goodwin (Headline Review)
Snuff Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)
The Radleys Matt Haig (Canongate Books)

WHSmith Paperback of the Year  
Emma Donoghue (Picador)
The Brightest Star in the Sky Marian Keyes (Penguin)
The Postmistress Sarah Blake (Penguin)
The Red Queen Philippa Gregory (Simon & Schuster)
When God was a Rabbit Sarah Winman (Headline Review)
You’re Next Gregg Hurwitz (Sphere)

Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year in association with iBookstore  
Before I Go To Sleep S.J. Watson (Doubleday)
The Fear Index  Robert Harris (Hutchinson)
Heartstone C J Sansom  (Pan)
The Family Martina Cole (Headline)
The Impossible Dead Ian Rankin (Orion)
Trick Of The Dark Val McDermid (Sphere)

Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year  
A History of the World in 100 Objects Neil Macgregor (Allen Lane)
How To Be a Woman Caitlin Moran (Ebury Press)
Madeleine Kate McCann (Bantam Press)
Map of a Nation  Rachel Hewitt (Granta Books)
The Good The Bad and The Multiplex Mark Kermode (Random House Books)
Wonders of the Universe Brian Cox (Collins)

New Writer of the Year  
Before I Go To Sleep S.J. Watson (Doubleday)
Grace Williams Says it Loud Emma Henderson (Sceptre)
Pigeon English Stephen Kelman (Bloomsbury)
Rivers of London Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz)
Snowdrops A.D. Miller (Atlantic Books)
When God was a Rabbit Sarah Winman (Headline Review

Food & Drink Book of the Year  
Home Cooking Made Easy  Lorraine Pascale (HarperCollins)
Jamie’s Great Britain Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
Made in Sicily Giorgio Locatelli (Fourth Estate)
Rick Stein’s Spain Rick Stein (BBC Books)
The Good Cook Simon Hopkinson (BBC Books)
The Vintage Tea Party Angel Adoree (Mitchell Beazley)

Biography/Autobiography of the Year
Charles Dickens Claire Tomalin (Viking)
Genius in My Basement Alexander Masters (Fourth Estate)
Hitch 22 Christopher Hitchens (Atlantic Books)
Life Keith Richards (Phoenix)
Mud Sweat and Tears Bear Grylls (Bantam Press)
Red Dust Road Jackie Kay  (Picador)

International Author of the Year
A Visit From the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
IQ84 Haruki Murakami (Harvill Secker)
Night Circus Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker)
On Canaan’s Side Sebastian Barry (Faber and Faber)
The Leopard Jo Nesbo  (Vintage)
The Tiger’s Wife Tea Obreht (Phoenix)

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year 
A Monster Calls Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
Dead Man’s Cove Lauren St John (Orion)
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Annabel Pitcher (Indigo)
One Dog and His Boy  Eva Ibbotson  (Marion Lloyd Books)
Stuck Oliver Jeffers (Harper Collins Children’s Books)
The Highway Rat Julia Donaldson illus. Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Books) Audiobook of the Year  
Any Human Heart William Boyd, narrator Mike Grady (Whole Story Audiobooks)
Before I Go To Sleep S J Watson, narrator Susannah Harker (Random House AudioGo)
My Dear I Wanted to Tell You Louisa Young, narrator Dan Stevens (HarperAudio)
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece Annabel Pitcher, narrator David Tennant (Orion Audio)
Snowdrops A.D. Miller, narrator Kevin Howarth (Whole Story Audiobooks)
The Player Of Games Iain M. Banks, narrator Peter Kenny (Hachette Digital)

For more information, images or interviews, please contact:

Ann Bissell                     [email protected]            020 7361 7860

Nicola Green                 [email protected]          020 7361 7860